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Definitions of hautboy

  1. a slender double-reed instrument; a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A wind instrument, sounded through a reed, and similar in shape to the clarinet, but with a thinner tone. Now more commonly called oboe. See Illust. of Oboe. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A sort of strawberry (Fragaria elatior). Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A wind-instrument of the reed class and similar in shape to a clarinet. Also, oboe. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. A high-toned wooden wind-instrument, of a tapering tube, and having holes and keys, also called OBOE: a large kind of strawberry. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Wooden wind-instrument with vibrating reed. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A wooden wind-instrument. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A wind instrument like a flute, also called oboe; a large sort of strawberry. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for hautboy

  1. Aristotle and Plato, Cicero and Virgil, all on horseback, with attendants in antique armor at their back, surrounded the daughter of Jupiter, while the city band, discoursing eloquent music from hautboy and viol, came upon the heels of the allegory. – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009
  2. The interment in the Friedrichshain, where four hundred singers raised their voices, and a band of music composed of the hautboy players of many regiments poured mighty volumes of sound over the open graves of the dead, must have been alike dignified and majestic. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers